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A fire in the median of I-95 slowed traffic in both directions

Lowcountry brush fire rages along I-95

Traffic moves past a brush fire on Interstate 95 on the north and southbound lanes Wednesday afternoon near mile marker 38 in Yemassee.
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Traffic moves past a brush fire on Interstate 95 on the north and southbound lanes Wednesday afternoon near mile marker 38 in Yemassee.

A fire in the median of I-95 in Yemassee slowed north and southbound traffic Wednesday afternoon, according to Yemassee Police Department.

The brush fire started around 3:45 p.m. around mile marker 38 and the fire was not yet under control shortly before 5 p.m., police spokesman Matt Garnes said. No lanes were closed off while Hampton County Fire Rescue worked on the fire, but traffic slowed in both directions as smoke filled the area, making it hard for drivers to see.

Because there are no fire hydrants near that part of I-95, firefighters had to shuttle water to the fire with tanker trucks, Garnes said. No updates were available by 8 p.m.

Traffic was slow in both directions between about Exit 38 and S.C. 68, according to an online South Carolina Department of Transportation real-time traffic map. The traffic appeared to have been in the early evening.

No injuries have been reported.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan

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